LR Baggs Session DI Acoustic Preamp Pedal Meta-Review
LR Baggs Session DI is a more compact alternative to the Venue DI, described as a tool that gives you studio quality miked acoustic sound in a more convenient plug and play setup. And it looks like they aren't just bluffing, based on the reviews, and overall positive reception.
For a small pedal, this houses a number of extra features on top of the LR Baggs preamp, including analog saturation control, multiband compression with EQ and other tone shaping elements.
- Analog saturation
- Multiband Compressor/EQ
- Garret Null notch filter tames resonate feedback
- Variable high-pass filter attenuates extraneous low frequencies
- VU meter visually optimizes gain for passive and active pickups
- XLR and quarter inch outputs with Groundlift switch
- 48V phantom power, 9V battery or 9V DC powering options
- Input Impedance 10 M Ohm
- Mute footswitch for ¼” and XLR outs
- Weight: 1.5 lbs.
The general consensus between both expert and customer reviewers is that this preamp made a significant positive impact to their sound. Some use it subtly for added warmth, while others have used it to improve the sound of what otherwise would be a thin sounding acoustic instrument. Experts point to its saturation and compression as its outstanding feature, that really ups the quality of the sound. It also helps that the pedal is compact and easy to carry around, making it a favorite mobile preamp solution for many musicians.
An expert reviewer noted that this pedal is a bit on the expensive side for what it does, but when you try it - you'll be sure to want it. Another user complained about the lack of a tuner, but this is easily solved through other means. There is one reviewer who noted that the resulting sound is only good for fingerstyle playing, but judging from the many more that loved the unit, it can be set to sound good for strumming as well.
Not a cheap guitar preamp at all, but the portability and great sound that it produces makes it worth every penny.